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  • Published: 3 November 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760895372
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

Life After Truth

At their fifteen-year reunion, a group of Harvard graduates – labouring with early middle age, marriage and children, unrealised aspirations and a depressing political climate – rekindle old loves and old resentments.

Fifteen years after graduating from Harvard, five close friends on the cusp of middle age are still pursuing an elusive happiness and wondering if they’ve wasted their youthful opportunities. Jules, already a famous actor when she arrived on campus, is changing in mysterious ways but won’t share what is haunting her. Mariam and Rowan, who married young, are struggling with the demands of family life and starting to regret prioritising meaning over wealth in their careers. Eloise, now a professor who studies the psychology of happiness, is troubled by her younger wife’s radical politics. And Jomo, founder of a luxury jewellery company, has been carrying an engagement ring around for months, unsure whether his girlfriend is the one.
The soul searching begins in earnest at their much-anticipated college reunion weekend on the Harvard campus, when the most infamous member of their class, Frederick – senior advisor and son of the recently elected and loathed US president – turns up dead.
Old friends often think they know everything about one another, but time has a way of making us strangers to those we love – and to ourselves . . .

  • Published: 3 November 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760895372
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the author

Ceridwen Dovey

Ceridwen is a Sydney-based writer of fiction, creative non-fiction, and in-depth essays and profiles. Born in South Africa, she grew up between South Africa and Australia, went to Harvard University on scholarship as an undergraduate, and did her postgraduate studies in social anthropology at New York University.
Her debut novel, Blood Kin, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Award and selected for the U.S. National Book Foundation’s prestigious "5 Under 35" honours list. Her second book, Only the Animals, won the inaugural 2014 Readings New Australian Writing Award, the Steele Rudd Award for a short story collection in the Queensland Literary Awards, and was co-winner of the People's Choice Award for Fiction at the 2015 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. The book is on the VCE Literature Text selection (for high school students in Victoria).
Her 2018 novel, In the Garden of the Fugitives, described by The New York Times as "an elegant...impressive, thought-provoking novel," was published around the world and longlisted for the 2019 ABIA Awards. Her memoir-biography, On J.M. Coetzee: Writers on Writers, was published in 2018 as part of Black Inc.'s acclaimed Writers on Writers series. In 2019, Penguin Random House published a collected edition of Ceridwen's profiles of people in unusual careers, Inner Worlds Outer Spaces: The Working Lives of Others.
Ceridwen regularly contributes essays and articles to many publications, including newyorker.com, the Monthly, WIRED, the Smithsonian Magazine, and Good Weekend. Her essays have been selected for The Best Australian Science Writing 2020, The Best Australian Science Writing 2019, The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2018, and The Best Australian Essays 2015. She has a special interest in social justice and environmental ethics in outer space.
Her latest novel, Life After Truth, is forthcoming from Penguin Random House in November, 2020.

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Praise for Life After Truth

A wonderful writer of thoughtful, provocative, compelling fiction.

Liane Moriarty

This sublime gem of a novel not only explores friendship and its capacity to withstand and adapt to the vagaries inflicted by love, parenthood and ageing, but also considers its role in determining the people we become. Clever, thoughtful and funny, I gulped it down and did not want it to end. If you have not already read Ceridwen Dovey, do so now.

Hannah Kent

An addictive, page-turning murder mystery.

Jessica Montague, Vogue Australia

The college reunion may be a much-visited fictional terrain, but in Ceridwen Dovey’s articulate and penetrating novel it becomes a place where we discover that the lies we keep from others are often the lies we tell ourselves. This is a canny journey into that corner of the human condition where disappointment defines the horizon.

Douglas Kennedy

Awards & recognition

Sisters in Crime Davitt Award

Longlisted  •  2021  •  Fiction

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Life After Truth book club notes

These friends think they know everything about one another, but time has a way of making us strangers to those we love...

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